“The Heisenberg principle – If something is closely observed, the odds are it is going to be altered in the process. The more a price pattern is observed by speculators the more prone you have false signals; the more the market is a product of nonspeculative activity, the greater the significance of technical breakout”

 

Bruce Kovner

“The bottom line: if you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones. That act alone may increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.”

 

Bruce Feiler

“One day of praying and six days of fun, the odds against going to heaven are six to one.”

Brook Benton

“If you dont have an emotional connection to why you are trying to accomplish your goals, the odds are you wont reach them or will quit trying.”

Brett Hoebel

“At Columbus Circle, a juggler wearing a trench cloak and top hat, who is usually at this location afternoons and who calls himself Stretch Man, performs in front of a small, uninterested crowd; though I smell prey, and he seems worthy of my wrath, I move on in search of a less dorky target. Though if he’d been a mime, odds are he’d already be dead.”

Bret Easton Ellis

“I stare into a thin, web-like crack above the urinal’s handle and think to myself that if I were to disappear into that crack, say somehow miniaturize and slip into it, the odds are good that no one would notice I was gone. No… one… would… care. In fact some, if they noticed my absence, might feel an odd, indefinable sense of relief. This is true: the world is better off with some people gone. Our lives are not all interconnected. That theory is crock. Some people truly do not need to be here.”

Bret Easton Ellis

“There isn’t a woman player in the world I can’t give knight-odds to and still beat.”

 

Bobby Fischer

“I’m always happy when actors get rich, because the odds on it are so long!”

 

Bill Nighy

“Speaking for me, I think the odds of bankrupting Exxon are pretty small, but I think the odds of politically bankrupting them are higher. I think if we can use this as a vehicle to get out the analysis that these guys have 3-5 times as much carbon in the ground as the most conservative government thinks would be safe to burn, then that politically stigmatises them, makes them into the rogue industry that they are.”

 

Bill McKibben

“Anytime someone calls you and identifies themselves with their full name, odds are it isn’t someone you want to talk to under any circumstances.”

 

Bill Simmons

“The market can move for irrational reasons, and you have to be prepared for that, … you need to make big bets when the odds are in your favor — not big enough to ruin you, but big enough to make a difference.”

 

Bill Jay

“With world health, every life you save is a wonderful thing, so it’s not this question of whether you solve it or you don’t. The chance of completely solving the problems has long odds. But really, the thing is that you get to save the first child, the second child, the third child. You can just feel good about that.”

 

Bill Jay

“The human race may well become extinct before the end of the century. Speaking as a mathematician, I should say the odds are about three to one against survival.”

 

Bertrand Russell

“I thought I was going to be a ballet dancer for awhile there. I had a good teacher at Interlochen, this arts’ academy in Michigan, who taught me the importance of storytelling, and I really responded to that. It seemed like a long shot, but I always play the long odds.”

 

Benjamin Walker

“No matter how careful you are, the one risk no investor can ever eliminate is the risk of being wrong. Only by insisting on what Graham called the “margin of safety” – never overpaying, no matter how exciting an investment seems to be – can you minimize your odds of error.”

 

Benjamin Graham

“Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.”

 

Benjamin Disraeli

“Startup CEOs should not play the odds. When you are building a company, you must believe there is an answer and you cannot pay attention to your odds of finding it. You just have to find it. It matters not whether your chances are nine in ten or one in a thousand; your task is the same.”

 

Ben Horowitz

“I’m skeptical of passive learning. If you don’t write down what you’re hearing and learning, what the odds you remember it?”

 

Ben Casnocha

“I think everything about my life is magical. I’ve struggled, and against most odds, I’m truly having the experience of living my dreams.”

 

Bella Thorne

“Right now, holding you, I feel like we have a shot at beating all odds and making it together.”

Becca Fitzpatrick